Nanibaa Beck Launches Notabove Jewelry Line with Artist J. Slim
Nanibaa Beck New necklaces from Nanibaa Beck's "Notabove" jewelry line
Local Native American fashion blogger Nanibaa Beck is also a jeweler, but up until now her work was limited to duties in her father Victor Beck's studio, where she's been assisting since her early teens. But you will definitely want to get your hands on some of the first items from her locally developed jewelry line, Notabove. The freshly cut collection includes necklaces with words in Native languages on them and earrings designed by artist J. Slim.
Presence 4.0 blog Nanibaa Beck
Beck is co-founder of the Presence 4.0 Native fashion, creativity, and style blog, which launched about a year ago with a fashion show by Beyond Buckskin Boutique in downtown Phoenix. Beck has been inspired to continue in the fashion field and began her jewelry line in mid-November 2013. Having worked many sides of the business, she went into the project optimistically but with eyes wide open. "I knew making necklaces would be fun," she says. "What can I make that I would want to wear?"
That the words, like "hozho," which indicates the concept of balance in Navajo culture, are cut by hand with a small saw blade is important to Beck. She's close to wrapping up her master's degree in anthropology and says of the hand technique, "because these are Native languages and [they] mean something to each person, I want them to mean something to me, too." She says the perseverance and patience in learning Native languages is similar to the sometimes tedious work that is central to the jewelry-making process.